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20 different ways to say SORRY in English
Today you're going to learn 20 different ways to say "sorry" in English.
Why should you learn all these different expressions?
Because they're used in different situations. There are many different times we might want to say "sorry," but we'd use different words depending on whether we spilled some coffee, or hurt someone's feelings, or made a mistake at work. Some of these phrases are more informal and casual, and others are more serious.
This means you're not just learning a bunch of equivalent ways to say the same thing - you're learning what native English speakers would say in different situations, so that you can be more fluent.
Now you know a whole bunch of different ways to say “Sorry” in English – for minor things and major problems, in formal situations and informal situations, and at times when you want to get someone’s attention or express sympathy.
If you like learning how to use phrases inside real situations, check out my Everyday English Speaking Courses, where all the lessons are based on situations in daily life. It's a great way to learn phrases in context!
20 different ways to say NO in English
Last week you learned 20 different ways to say "yes" in English, and today you’ll learn 20 different expressions for "no."
These are especially important to learn because we often want to be polite when declining an invitation or request – it sounds a little rude to just say "no."
Or maybe you want to add some additional information to the simple answer of "no" – a lot of today’s expressions include extra meaning.
This is just a very small sample of the many ways we have to say "no" in English – there are many, many more!
As you can see, these different expressions all add slightly different meanings. A lot of them are commonly used in some situations, but don’t sound natural if used in another situation.
This is why it’s so important to learn words and phrases in context, so that you can use them the right way.
The lessons inside the Everyday English Speaking Courses are based on dialogues that help you learn phrases in the real situations where we use them.
It's our most popular and practical course at Espresso English :-)
20 different ways to say YES in English
Today you’re going to learn a lot of different ways to say “yes” in English.
But wait – why should you learn these expressions, when you could just use “yes” to keep things simple?
There are two good reasons:
So that you can understand native English speakers, because we use these expressions all the time. If you only know the word “yes,” then you might be confused when you hear someone say “Why not?” or “Be my guest!”
So that you can express your own answers in creative ways. Some of these expressions actually add additional meaning beyond a simple “yes,” so it’s important to learn types of situations where you can use them.
Let’s get started with these 20 ways to say yes! Instead of showing you a big list of words, I’m going to show each one inside a little situation.
Now you know 20 different ways to say “yes” in English, in all sorts of different situations – formal and informal, replying to questions about facts, favors, and offers.
To continue improving your spoken English and learning the phrases that native speakers use, come join my Everyday English Speaking Courses.
You’ll learn what to say when traveling, socializing, doing daily activities, and talking about all sorts of topics.
14 Business English "Buzzwords"
Today you're going to learn 14 business English “buzzwords” – informal expressions that you might hear at work or in a professional context.
I'll tell you a little story that will teach you expressions like:
push the envelope a shoestring budget streamline pitch an idea the lion's share ...and more There are tons of these informal expressions used in the business world, and my Business English Course includes several lessons about business idioms.
You'll also learn practical phrases and vocabulary for phone calls, meetings, presentations, negotiation, networking, customer service, and more.
Click here to see the lesson list!
Worse vs. Worst (+ Expressions)
Today I’m going to teach you how to use worse and worst correctly.
Even some native English speakers confuse these words!
After taking this lesson, you’ll understand the difference clearly - and you'll also learn a few expressions with each one.
The opposite of worse is better, and I'm here to help your English get better!
You can learn more when you join one of my online courses.
At Espresso English, you can improve all your English skills - from grammar to vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading, and much more.
I hope you enjoyed today's lesson, and I hope to see you inside a course!
12 advanced vocabulary words for colors
Do you know what color these words describe: maroon, fuchsia, hazel, and ivory?
You probably learned simple colors like red, yellow, and blue in your first year of English... but the language has a lot more color words than these basic ones!
Today you'll learn 12 interesting vocabulary words for colors.
One quick note: Online, you'll often find very long lists of color words - but many of those are NOT in used in everyday English... they are typically used to describe different colors of paint, nail polish, or makeup, but they are not common in daily life.
The words I'll teach you today are some of the more common ones.
Expanding your vocabulary is a great way to become more fluent in English - because when you know more words, you can express yourself better and say exactly what you want to say.
I created two great courses to help you improve your vocabulary - they're called the Vocabulary Builder Course Level 1 and Level 2.
You'll learn and practice more than 1000 useful words in each level!
Level 1 is good for learning the essential English words we use to talk about everyday objects, activities, hobbies, and more.
Level 2 is more advanced - you'll learn words that will help you express more complex ideas in detail.
Here are some free samples so you can see which level is best for you:
Free sample - Level 1
Free sample - Level 2